Maryland Mayor Arrested for Revenge Porn

(RepublicanInformer.com)- The Republican mayor of Cambridge, Maryland was arrested on Monday and charged with distributing revenge porn online.

Andrew Bradshaw, 32, the youngest mayor in Cambridge history, is accused of posting nude photos of a former girlfriend to Reddit in April and May. Using multiple accounts he created under several variations of the woman’s name, Bradshaw posted the nude photos captioned with sexually explicit language and racial slurs.

Bradshaw was charged with fifty counts of distributing revenge porn and was released on his own recognizance.

The victim contacted authorities in May after learning about the Reddit posts. She admitted that she sent the photos to Bradshaw when they were intimately involved, but she never gave him permission to redistribute them to the general public. Investigators determined that the various Reddit accounts all linked to the same IP address – the one from Bradshaw’s home.

He didn’t use a VPN?! Good gracious, what an idiot.

Maryland law prohibits the nonconsensual distribution of a “private visual representation” of someone else that exposes intimate body parts or displays them engaging in sexual activity, with the intent to harm, harass, intimidate, threaten or coerce.

In other words, revenge porn is illegal in Maryland.

City officials have declined to comment on the charges against Bradshaw. However, a brief statement was placed on the city’s website saying they are “aware of the matter” and would be cooperating with authorities. Since the city’s business is conducted by the city manager who serves as both chief executive and administrative branch head, the statement notes that the city’s business would not be affected by Bradshaw’s arrest.

State Prosecutor Charlton Howard III called Bradshaw’s behavior “appalling,” especially coming from someone “vested with public responsibility.”

Howard added that the distribution of revenge porn “can be exceptionally devastating” and, given the “pervasive depth and breadth of the internet,” cases like this are “exceptionally egregious.”

If convicted, Bradshaw could face a maximum penalty of two years in prison and a $5,000 fine for each of the fifty counts.